Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance claim forms
- Passport signing
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
- Fire Arms certificates
A full list of the private fees charged is available below:
Private Fees list Dec 2016
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Whenever possible, we try to complete such forms and reports within two weeks of receipt. Sometimes this can take a little longer - the relevant GP might be away on holiday for example. The GPs have to find time to complete this sort of paperwork in amongst all their other duties and it can take time to read through a patient's set of notes in order to answer the questions raised.
Although it may seem that a form requires no more than a doctor's signature, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police. The charge reflects either the time required to check information and/or the degree of responsibility signing the paperwork entails. If you require a form completed urgently (e.g. within 48 hours) then this will usually cost more.
In most cases, we can inform you of the likely charge due when you ask for the paperwork to be filled in. Remember though that not all documents need a doctor's signature, for example passport applications. You may be able to ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents.